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making news on this friday, september 10th. >> a fire in a california neighborhood. 50 homes destroyed. burning question. after backing down on his promise to burn copies of the koran, has this florida pastor changed his mind? >> and diane sawyer the movie star. a surprising side to the anchor woman, laughing it up on late night. good morning. and thanks for being with us on this friday. witnesses say a monstrous blast came out of nowhere. and suddenly, their entire neighborhood was up in flames. >> that fire is still raging out of control in the city of san bruno, fueled by a broken gas line and some very strong winds. flames have devoured dozens of homes. at least one person has died. and many more are injured.
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don guevara joins us now from san bruno. good morning, don. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. we are here at what is being called the epicenter of this massive explosion. we're told at that spot there is a crater 15 feet wide. the asphalt is melted. there's a pipe that's sticking out that's also melted. all this is where that gas line is said to have exploded, resulting in more than 50 homes being destroyed and at least 1 person dead. a massive fire roared through this residential neighborhood of san bruno, california, throughout the night. fire officials confirmed a 24-inch gas main explosion was responsible for the blaze, which reduced dozens of home to ash within an hour. >> the fireball was, you know, 100 feet or more in the air. so, all the firefighters, knew right away, it was a major, major thing. and it just would not stop. so, we knew it was some kind of gas main because it kept going. >> reporter: shocked residents
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didn't know what was happening. >> all of the area become white. >> i heard the noise. i think it was an earthquake. >> reporter: witnesses said the blaze was proceeded by a loud explosion and a huge fireball. and said people began rushing to get belongings out of their burning homes. >> my heart was beating so fast. the fire was so close to, like, other houses and other neighbors. i couldn't imagine what could happen. >> reporter: crews from san bruno and surrounding areas battled the fire on the ground, while planes and helicopters dropped the fire retardant usually reserved for wildfires. >> i would ask anybody who sees this broadcast tonight to say a special prayer for those people. this is going to be a long haul for the city and all of our residents for a number of weeks to come. >> reporter: at least two dozen people were injured by the blast and the fires that followed. they have been taken to local hospitals and burn centers for treatment. all right. here's the situation now. we are standing near a
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supermarket at the edge of a neighborhood. it is completely black. the power has been knocked out in a pretty large radius in this neighborhood. the street lights are out. the house lights are out. the traffic signals are out. there's a number of law enforcement agencies here. they positioned themselves all around the epicenter of this explosion. and even, as dark as it is, there are still helicopters flying over, we believe, trying to survey, possibly still dropping that fire retardant, to keep this fire under control. rob and vinita? >> obviously, it's pretty early to know this response. but do they know what actually caused this gas line to explode in the first place? >> reporter: that is what crews are out here trying to figure out and trying to make sure that it doesn't happen elsewhere. and that it doesn't happen again. we just saw some video, which we'll be seeing much more of later on in the morning. but what's happening, as the houses are burning and as they're literally being just stripped from their foundation,
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you can see where the gas line is. and those -- when the fire meets that gas line or what's left of the gas line, there's even more pockets of explosions. so, you have, you know, fires. and then explosions within that fire. so, this is a very volatile scene. and when you're talking about something like gas lines and something as unpredictable and as dangerous, obviously, the gas company out here is trying to figure out what's going on. they've shut the gas off in much of the area. but as of now, it's all preliminary just to say it was the explosion from that 24-inch pipe. rob and vinita? >> such a huge amount of destruction there. don guevara, thank you very much. we'll have an update on this story coming up on "good morning america." of course, our other big story on this friday morning. will he or won't he? after announcing that he would not burn the koran to mark tomorrow's anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, pastor terry jones now says he is reconsidering. >> why? well, the pastor tells abc news
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that he has been duped and betrayed. emily schmidt joins us, now, from washington with the latest. good morning, emily. >> reporter: rob and vinita, good morning to you. the white house has called pastor terry jones' plan for his small congregation to burn the koran, a monumentally terrible idea. and for a while, at least, it seemed that jones was listening. but right now, it is more difficult to predict what this church will ultimately decide to do. it is very unclear this morning if tomorrow, a small florida congregation will burn korans as it has planned to do for weeks. because within a few hours yesterday, the plan went from on to off, to uncertain. >> as of right now, we have just put a temporary hold upon our planned event. >> reporter: already, because of the pastor's plan, there have been anti-american demonstrations abroad. people from the pope to the president have condemned the idea. >> i just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling, could greatly endanger our young men
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and women in uniform who are in iraq, who are in afghanistan. >> reporter: secretary of defense robert gates, called jones directly thursday afternoon, and asked him to reconsider. soon after, jones said he had because of another conversation he called the sign from god. jones said imam feisal abdul rauf, the muslim leader that wants to build an islamic center near ground zero had agreed to move the project. in turn -- >> we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. >> reporter: but for an interview for "this week," the imam said the conversation never happened. the center will stay where it's planned. >> how can you equate burning of any person's scripture, with an attempt to build interfaith dialogue? >> reporter: jones now says he's rethinking his decision to cancel. when asked, could he still go ahead with the burnings? he answered -- >> i really do not know. >> reporter: pastor jones has promised he will make his final decision some time today. he says he is praying the situation turns out well. rob and vinita?
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>> emily schmidt, reporting from washington. thanks, emily. rein now, for this morning's weather from around the nation. heavy rain from memphis, kentucky and southern illinois. showers from new orleans to birmingham and parts of florida. large hail and 80-mile-per-hour winds across nebraska, kansas and oklahoma. and light rain stretches into the dakotas and montana. >> a high of 66 in billings. 71 in boise. and 81 in colorado springs. mostly 70s from the twin cities to minneapolis. 81 in kansas city. and 90s from dallas to miami. a mild 74 here in new york. 71 in boston. 75 in baltimore. coming up next on this friday morning, a big economic announcement from the white house overnight. plus, the virus that crippled e-mail systems worldwide. what you can expect in your inbox this morning. rematch in new orleans. the saints open the season against the vikings. and of course, we'll update our breaking story. an entire neighborhood up in
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president obama is set to name a new top adviser for his economic team today. at a press conference this morning, he is expected to tap austan goolsbee to share his council of economic advisers. goolsbee is a long-time adviser to the president and the architect to the campaign economic message. the appointment is seen as a signal the president is not
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about to change course. the trade deficit narrowed significantly in july. exports climbed to the highest level of nearly two years while imports declined, reflecting the showdown in the economy during the spring. the lower trade deficit should give overall economic growth a boost. asian stocks rose to a former high this morning, boosted by encouraging reports about the u.s. economy. tokyo's nikkei average rose 1.5% today. hong kong's hang seng is higher. in london, the ftse opened slightly lower. on wall street, the dow added 28 points yesterday. the nasdaq climbed seven points. companies around the world are scrambling to secure their e-mail systems from a nasty computer virus. the trojan horse virus is flooding inboxes at government agencies and major corporations, such as nasa, procter & gamble and right here at abc news. the virus has the subject line is here you have. if you click on the link, it sends a barrage of e-mails under your name. apple starts selling its new line of ipods this week.
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that includes an overhauled ipod touch, which apple's steve jobs calls an iphone without a contract. it has front and rear cameras, hd video and video recording. "usa today's" ed baig says it's impressive. but don't get rid of your phone just yet. >> i don't think it's a 24/7 cell phone replacement to have with you. but you can make calls in a pinch. face time video. but also regular phone calls, using such third-party aps as skype and line-2. as long as you have a decent wi-fi connection, the quality is certainly not bad. >> and you can read ed's full review on ahead on this friday, a major legal ruling. a judge declares don't ask/don't tell unconstitutional. so, what does it mean for the military? and in lighter news, diane sawyer with jimmy kimmel, sharing a part of her past. ÷?÷?÷?÷?÷?÷?÷?÷?÷?÷?÷?÷?÷?÷?÷?÷?
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we are following breaking news out of san bruno in northern california. a natural gas line exploded last night, sending a giant fireball 50 feet in the air. flames have been racing through a residential neighborhood, devouring dozens of homes. at least one person has died and many more are hospitalized. and now, for a look at morning road conditions. flooding on i-40 across tennessee. and on i-55, from memphis to st. louis. wet on i-20, from shreveport to birmingham, as well as i-10, along the gulf coast. flooding on i-35, from kansas city to des moines. and slick on i-94, from minneapolis to helena, montana. >> if you are flying today, expect airport delays in denver, kansas city and memphis. a federal judge in southern california has ruled that the don't ask, don't tell policy, which bans openly-gay and lesbian military service members, is unconstitutional.
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judge virginia phillips says the policy violates the civil rights of homosexuals and hurts military readiness. she says that she will issue an order to stop the government from enforcing the policy nationwide. a federal appeals court has ruled the obama administration may resume funding of embryonic stem cell research, at least for now, so that the panel can have more time to deal with the highly-controversial issue. a lower court judge had banned that research last month. a bipartisan report out today says the united states is facing a more dynamic terror threat than al qaeda posed at the time of the 9/11 attacks. the report by the former heads of the september 11 commission, found american officials did not believe homegrown terrorism could happen here. therefore, they were slow to respond to the problem. an american hiker who has been held in iran for more than a year is expected to be released tomorrow. sarah shourd is one of three hikers who were taken into custody last july. the hikers had been accused of entering iran illegally and
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having links to u.s. intelligence. saturday's release coincides with the commemoration of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. a growing number of american children are being raised by their grandparents. that's according to a pew research center analysis of the most recent census data. roughly 7 million kids in this country live in households of at least one grandparent. and of that number, 2.9 million are being raised primarily by their grandparents. that's up 16% since the year 2000. well, the nfl season is officially under way after a big night at the superdome. here's steve weissman at espn news. >> good morning. i'm steve weissman with your espn news update. and we begin with the nfl season kicking off in new orleans. vikings/saints. there's drew brees, one of the defending champs. they reveal their banner up high. players from both teams holding one finger in the air in support of the players union. pick it up first quarter, third and two at the minnesota 29. brees, scrambles.
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it's devery henderson for the touchdown. brees, 27 of 36, for 237 yards. saints on top. second quarter, it's the 20-year veteran. 40-year-old brett favre, getting picked off by jonathan vilma. so, less than 50 seconds to go in the half. favre, unfazed. back to pass. 33 yards to visanthe shiancoe. next play, first and ten at the new orleans 20. it's that man again. favre up top to shiancoe. 20 yards and the touchdown. favre, 15 and 27, 171 yards. vikings lead, 9-7. third quarter, saints down. brees leading the comeback. to marques colston for 14 yards. first and ten, brees, dumpoff to pierre thomas. he'll take it for 15. later in the drive, second and goal for the saints. thomas had 71 yards on 19 carries and this touchdown. new orleans up 14-9. to the fourth. here comes favre, scrambling. finds adrian peterson. but he is tackled for a loss.
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couple plays later, brett still trying to lead a comeback. but the pass falls incomplete. saints hold on to win the opener, 14-9. that's your espn news update. i'm steve weissman. back to you in new york. you know, she is used to asking the questions. but last night, she put herself on the other side of the table. >> "world news" anchor, diane sawyer, appeared on "jimmy kimmel live" last night. they talked about her recent storyline in the jennifer aniston/jason bateman movie. but she has more film critics than she thought. >> we had pictures. >> i thought i would bring you my own film festival. [ laughter and applause ] >> you were e.t.? >> yes. yes. going home. and very chicly. >> let's see.
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what else do we have here? this is -- [ laughter ] i think that's the klumps. the only character eddie murphy didn't play. >> she was certainly a good sport about all that teasing. >> i enjoyed her work in "the klumps." she was very good. coming up next, the stories we'll be following today, including a major tv event. stay with us. when i was seventeen i was not good to my skin. long summer days, and not enough sleep. what i wouldn't do for a do-over. [ female announcer ] new neutrogena® clinical skincare. exclusive ion2 complex combined with activating cream helps restore collagen depleted skin. neutrogena clinical skincare is clinically tested to undo the look of a year's worth of skin aging in just 4 weeks. do-overs do exist. [ female announcer ] new clinical skincare. neutrogena. #1 dermatologist recommended brand. [ female announcer ] new clinical skincare. they fill you up without filling you out.
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and now, a look ahead to the stories that we'll be watching on this friday morning. fire crews are frantically trying to contain a raging fire that is burning out of control in san bruno, just south of san francisco. a broken natural gas line sparked a fireball there that's already destroyed or damaged dozens of homes. at least one person has died. more than 50 are injured. pastor terry jones now says he is rethinking his decision not to burn the koran to mark tomorrow's anniversary of the september 11th attacks. jones tells abc news he was betrayed by a muslim leader who promised that the planned ground zero mosque would be moved away. the imam behind that mosque insists there is no such deal. president obama holds a news conference at the white house this morning. he will formally announce that he's appointing university of chicago economist and long-time adviser, austan goolsbee, to be the chairman of his council of economic advisers. more than 100 celebrities
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will be taking part in a one-hour, commercial-free telethon tonight to raise money for cancer. the "stand up to cancer" show airs on abc at 8:00 p.m. eastern. like we said, it's a star-studded event there. >> absolutely. on top of that, a star-studded "good morning america" today. u2 stars bono and the edge, check in live from our tour in france, talking about their part in the new "spider-man" broadway musical. for some of you, your local news is next. >> for everyone else, we'll take you on a tour of the progress being made at ground zero, as the anniversary comes this weekend. [ animals calling ] ♪ [ pop ] [ man ] ♪ well, we get along ♪ yeah, we really do - ♪ and there's nothing wrong - [ bird squawks ] ♪ with what i feel for you
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llc (800) 775-7838 >> it just would not stop, so we knew it was just some kind of gas main because it kept going. take a look at this gas explosion that happened near san francisco. a neighborhood looks like a war zone this morning. we are live on the scene. a fire at a vacant home has sparked a neighborhood worried about living next door to no one. the nfl is open for business. another year of football kicked off last night. new orleans and now it's baltimore's turn monday night in new york ray lewis versus rex ryan. what is going on with that? >> i love it. >> i know you do. >> it's purple friday. i'm already over the top so i'll wear purple on monday. >> jamie only wears the same tie right before a game so then he will be stinky with the same tie all of the time so this is our compromise, purple monday. >> it has no stains. >> maybe the stains don't get
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picked up on camera. meteorologist lynnette charles in. good morning, lynnette. >> good morning. i wore my purple on wednesday so there you go. we are dealing with the same conditions for the most part that we dealt with yesterday. today will be in the mid to upper 70s so maybe a little cooler. then the good news is that we have the chance for rain. the big cooler with the winds that are lighter. we have the enhanced fire risk. check out what's going on with maryland's most powerful radar. we're dry once again. we'll see more activity on maryland's most powerful radar as we go into the weekend. glen burnie's temperature coming in at 61 degrees. we are dealing with the winds light as of now just like yesterday at this time, about 3 miles per hour, 2 miles per hour in the northwest. we had th


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